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It’s been a little while, but I am settling in with another gift beer.  The friends we met up with the weekend before Halloween had also made a trip up to Vermont recently and this is one of the goodies they left me with.

Beer Name: Knockout Blonde

Brewery: Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Waitsfield, VT)

Style: Blonde Ale

ABV: 5.0%

Description: Listed as blonde ale packing an extra punch of Cascade and Centennial hops.

Appearance: It poured a see-through, slightly cloudy golden/light amber body topped by a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet light malts with resinous hop oil bursting through on the end.

Taste: Sweetness upfront as mellow citrus flavors combine with a light malt backbone.  The ending, however, was intensely bitter with resinous, oily hops dominating the brew.

Mouthfeel: Roughly medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.

Hype: Elevated.  Lawson’s is one of the breweries that helped put Vermont beer on the map and built up the state’s beer-hype in the first place.  Although two of the brewery’s core beers now see pretty regular distribution in my area, the rest of their offerings just don’t come down this way.

Overall: Very aptly named, this is easily the most intense blonde ale I’ve ever had.  In all honesty, I would have to say I found the closing bitterness a bit too and would have preferred something either slightly more balanced or at least less aggressively hoppy.